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    Oncology nurses are key in caring for older adults with cancer, but few have received specialized training in gerontology. To address this, a geriatric oncology curriculum was developed for oncology nurses. The Geriatric Oncology Workshop (GrOW) was developed and delivered to oncology nurses (n = 387) from 2016 to 2019. Workshops were evaluated using: 1) Assessment of preparedness, comfort, and skills; 2) Knowledge gained; 3) Participant evaluations of workshop (4-point Likert-type scale); 4) Faculty evaluations (10-point Likert-type scale); and 5) Follow-up assessment of goals. Descriptive statistics (frequencies, proportions, medians, means) were used to describe participants and results. Paired t-test was used to evaluate participants' knowledge gain, and linear mixed modeling was used to evaluate longitudinal changes in preparedness, comfort, and skill levels. Overall, 387 oncology nurses participated in GrOW. Participant-rated workshop evaluation means were 3.7 to 3.9. Overall, nurses had statistically significant increases in pre- to post- questionnaire scores of 18.8% (p < 0.001) in workshop 1, 26.8% (p < 0.001) in workshop 2, 24.9% (p < 0.001) in workshop 3, and 18.6% (p < 0.001) in workshop 4, with an overall mean of 22.4% (p < 0.001) knowledge gained for all four workshops. Nurses reported an increase in skill, comfort, and preparedness at 18 months for workshop 1, 2, and 3 and in skill and comfort at 12 months for workshop 4 (p < 0.01). Faculty evaluation scores ranged from 9.3 to 10.0. A geriatric oncology curriculum designed for oncology nurses can improve levels of evidence-based knowledge and provide more skill, comfort, and preparedness in caring for this population. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


    Peggy Burhenn, Denice Economou, Carolina Uranga, Christopher Okamoto, Heeyoung Kim, Elsa Roberts, Can-Lan Sun, Anait Arsenyan, Richard Yang, Howard Chang, Dale Mitani, Vani Katheria, Matthew Loscalzo, Arti Hurria, William Dale. Geriatric Oncology Workshop (GrOW): Development and Evaluation of a Nationwide Nursing Curriculum. Journal of geriatric oncology. 2021 May;12(4):649-657

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